Jim. Good luck to you. It s not a piece of cake. But it's all good. And do try and met Jeff and Mitch of you can. Jeff and I met 4-5 weeks ago befor e my surgery. It really does strengthen the relationship. Makes it some how much more real. He s super.
My thought s and players are with you for a speedy recovery. I guess I'm pretty lucky. My recovery was great and doing well. Like it never happened. Hope that's what you get !!
Be well. Nancy Friedman. St Louis. Mo 2-9-12. Done AVR Nancy@telephonedoctor.com. For some reason email wouldn't take it below.
We'll be thinking of you this week. I had hoped to give you a call on Donna's cell phone but your message was missing one of the digits. So I sent you an e-mail and sending you this as well as I presume you might not be checking your e-mail. Courage. You are the greatest.
-- Ed Larson
You get me singing every morning. Someone's going to have to take up the DJ duties when you're in the hospital, I think. Sometimes it seems like half the people here are either about to see, or have already seen, Dr. Adams. Maybe we should have a convention somewhere....
Selma in Woodstock
Jim. It looks like the die is cast, but let's just reach way, way, WAY back for two truly all-time all-star classic "heart" songs. The first is "Heart of my Heart (I love that mel-lo-dee)," perhaps most famously performed by Mitch Miller and his singers, but composed way back in 1926 by Ben Ryan. The second was written in 1938 by Hoagy Carmichael (who also composed "Georgia on my Mind" and, as it turns out, graduated from University of Indiana Law School!). Among the most performed songs of all time, it is "Heart and Soul," undoubtedly the most played piano piece EVER, with the possible exception of "Chopsticks."
I'm thinking of you and seeking to send every positive vibe of all good heart-songs your way.
When I was first rolled into the OR for my heart surgery, I could hear in the background the song, Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd.
A few days later, I thought about how strange it was that I was wake and then nothing until I woke up moments later (ok, it was really 10 hrs.). My first surgery ever, so I didn't know about the complete loss of "commication" hence, Dark Side of the Moon. Sheila
I just got back on HVJ site after a few weeks off and I'm so happy to have found you! I love your song ideas and hope I'm not too late to add my choice. I'm going to be showing my age:
Open Up My Heart by The Dells Great words - good soul song.
I will be following your journey and look forward to your reports of a good recovery.
I noticed that you are sharing the surgery date with Linda Dixon. I shared my surgery date with a HVJ guy who had his surgery at another hospital 20 mins from where I had mine (July 12, 2011). Three months later, we met for lunch and it was great to share more details in person.
Hi Jim, I am really loving your song idea, what a great way to pass the time. BTW, I lived in Austin for 4 years. I so miss the Salt Lick! Still love their t-shirt ("You can smell our pits for miles").
oops...forgot to sign my last entry (I recommended U2), but I think it was obvious. :) Doing some searching online...several Buddy Holly songs include the word "heart", and one is even called "Heartbeat" --you can see all the lyrics here: http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/buddy_holly/
One of my best childhood memories is dancing to Buddy Holly in the living room with you, Mom and Kris, so I nominate any of those. :)
Jim, I know this song involves a sharp move away from Heartland Rock and Tom Waits, and maybe I've just missed it in the ever-mounting list of heart-stirring melodies. In any event, I simply can't let this classic oldy run the risk of going un-nominated: "Save Your Heart For Me" by Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Am thinking of you, my friend. Dan C.
PS And, while I'm at it, there is also Herman's Hermits' "Baby, Baby, Can't You Hear My Heart Beat?"
Thank you for sharing this process with us. You
are in our thoughts and prayers as you continue the journey. My vote is for the song from "Damn
Yankees" . Sums it all up - "Heart" - My best to
you and your family . Please keep us all connected as this continues. From one of your
many supporters and cheerleaders.
Can I name several at once??
Affair of the Heard - Rick Springfield
Be Still My Beating Heart - Sting
Every Beat of My Heart - Rod Stewart
The Heart of a Man - Frankie Vaughn
My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens
You and Donna are in my prayers.
We need you here, so come back well and stronger than ever. You need some new pictures on your office walls of you winning races. :)
OMG, Jim. In my earlier (erroneously unsigned) submission, I totally overlooked perhaps the most amazing of all heart songs -- "The Heart of Saturday Night" by neo-crooner Tom Waits. (For a version with an arguably amusing and unquestionably extended monologue intro, you can look at "Tom Waits Soundstage 1975 Live" on you tube.)
By the way, did you know there is an entire modern heart-based music genre -- namely, "Heartland Rock"? You can check it out in Wikipedia, but at its heart are folks like Bob Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and of course Tom Petty and the HEARTbreakers. (Of course, your work may be sending the concept of Heartland Rock in an entirely new direction!!!)
Hi Dad! Love your song idea - very creative!! I vote for one of my all-time favorite songs "In a Little While" by U2. Google the lyrics - I think they're actually kind of fitting. :) May have some more ideas later... looking forward to being able to visit you in a couple weeks in NY!
My family and I are in Orlando for Braves Spring Training.
So I thought of this "heart" song: Damn Yankees.
You've gotta have heart
All you really need is heart
When the odds are sayin' you'll never win
That's when the grin should start
You've gotta have hope
Mustn't sit around and mope
Nothin's half as bad as it may appear
Wait'll next year and hope
When your luck is battin' zero
Get your chin up off the floor
Mister you can be a hero
You can open any door, there's nothin' to it but to do it
You've gotta have heart
Miles 'n miles n' miles of heart
Oh, it's fine to be a genius of course
But keep that old horse
Before the cart
First you've gotta have heart
HI, Jim. I've enjoyed your blog and sure am thinking of you as the date of your surgery approaches. In case there is still time to propose "heart" songs, I offer the following classics for your consideration: Heartbeat (by Buddy Holly); Hungry Heart (by Bruce Springsteen); (You can never break this) Heart of Stone (by the Rolling Stones); and In the Shape of a Heart (by Jackson Browne) -- all of which are outstanding tunes though, for the most part, overlooked and underrated. If you are open to moving beyond the rock genre, I strongly recommend "Theme from Braveheart" -- which would be an especially apt theme song for you. And building on the proposal of another contributor that you give attention to the complete oeuvre of the rocksters "Heart," you might also consider the full body of work of the pioneering popsters Tommy Boyce and Bobby HART (who launched the Monkees) and, even more so, the great early show-tune collaborators Richard Rodgers and Lorenz HART (with a special nod to their classic, "With a Song in my Heart"). And if that's not enough, you might ponder the expansion of your collection to self-describing names of athletes who have always played with a lot of heart -- including Corey HART of the Brewers and, even more notably, Doug HART of our beloved Packers. Go Jim! You are great!!
Number 8, really!!!!!! I guess we need to work harder at this. John had a great call with 'Hey Jude.'. Guess I will follow that up with 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'. I mean you are going to a show of sorts.....
I will probably be in surgery and ICU by the time the #1 is revealed. Guess I will have to wait :(
I still vote for Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On", since we ALL want our heart to GO ON....and On..and On...I don't think this one can be beat. (get it "beat") - LOL
I don't know that this fits your rules, but I think the band Heart's oeuvre deserves honorable mention. I gave Thom a (lightly used) CD of theirs before his first stent procedure. I have no doubt it made all the difference.
Jim, thank you for replying to my post. Bob wants to go to Dr. Adams, as his younger sister had her surgery by him last year. We are in Virginia. His mom still lives in the suburbs of NYC, but I told Bob I have to stay near the hospital. From what you said this may be 2 weeks. Gotta check my Marriott points....
He does not want a replacement, period. Healthy as a horse(a race horse), but for this Mitral Valve.
Bob's e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org